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reprinted from Arutz 7 1/10/2012 Like a historic seal of approval to Jews' claims to their Land, a stamp with Menorah is found in Akko. by Gil Ronen Just two weeks after a Temple era seal was displayed to the public, archeologists continue to dig up breathtaking proofs of the ancient and never-severed connection between Jews and the Land of Israel. This time, the find is a 1,500 year old tiny stamp discovered near the city of Akko, bearing the image of the seven-branched Temple Menorah. The stamp was used to identify baked products and probably belonged to a bakery that supplied kosher bread to the Jews of Akko in the Byzantine period. The ceramic stamp dates from the Byzantine period (6th century CE) and was uncovered in excavations the Israel Antiquities Authority is currently conducting at Horbat Uza east of Akko, prior to the construction of the Akko-Karmiel railroad track by the Israel National Roads Company. This find belongs to a group of stamps referred to as "bread stamps" because they were usually used to stamp baked goods. According to Gilad Jaffe and Dr. Danny Syon, the directors of the excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, "A number of stamps bearing an image of a menorah are known from different collections. The Temple Menorah, being a Jewish symbol par excellence, indicates the stamps belonged to Jews, unlike Christian bread stamps with the cross pattern which were much more common in the Byzantine period." There were no Muslims in the region at the time - because the Quran had not yet been written.
Originally posted by Lazarus Short
I take exception to this:
"...never-severed connection between Jews and the Land of Israel."
The connection was severed when God brought in the Assyrians and Babylonians to expel both Israel and Judah from the land, on account of their sins. It is a major theme of the Old Testament prophets, but most people today seem to gloss over it and/or ignore what God has already clearly stated on the subject. Anyway, most of the Jews now in Palestine are descended from people who were never inhabitants of that land.
Using these old artifacts to bolster excuses for oppressing Arabs and Palestinians is obscene.edit on 26-1-2012 by Lazarus Short because: lah-de-dah